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Flagging layout tables

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 10:34:47 +0200
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-Id: <A6CB581A-E5F3-4F4A-BB72-3484BC49321C@iki.fi>
To: Gez Lemon <gez.lemon@gmail.com>
On Mar 1, 2009, at 02:51, Gez Lemon wrote:

> HTML 5 should not encourage the use of layout tables by describing  
> how to create layout tables in the specification.

What would be the harm of having a spec-endorsed way of flagging a  
table as a layout table if client software reliably flattened thusly  
flagged layout tables out of the data that gets exposed to AT users  
(that is, linearized the table so that cell contents would still be  

Also, doesn't the ARIA spec already have role=presentation exactly for  
this purpose?

Henri Sivonen
Received on Monday, 2 March 2009 08:35:30 UTC

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